7 things to know about hypnosis and leadership training.
Updated: Feb 18
Number 1: It's the beginning not the end of your leadership and manager training.
Many of the leaders and managers I talk to in Manchester have been on a journey through a range of what are commonly viewed as acceptable approaches to management training before ever thinking of addressing leadership’s link to self esteem / confidence never mind their limiting beliefs.
Hypnotherapy can be successfully applied to all manner of issues, not just leadership. In fact you might think it is the last thing it can help with. The usual answers are addictions to substances ranging from sugar to alcohol and drugs; sexual problems; chronic pain; phobias; anxieties; lack of self-confidence and even professional performance said through gritted teeth.
Almost without exception, the new leaders who approach me talk about such excel training, board or management training, difficult conversations etc without addressing their own mental performance. So, they arrive with a preconception that this is the last resort, when the reality is that our minds are such powerful things it would be amazing If more manager ( and those at the top responsible for these things) truly understood their capability to impact on our lives for good or bad, they’d start not end at hypnotherapy.
Number 2: So, what is hypnotherapy?
We’ve heard phrases like ‘look into my eyes’.
Yet, fundamentally, as Leaders we struggle to really believe that the mind can alter our physical experience as well as those around and the impact we have. Somehow, it’s easier to place our faith and trust in things we can reach out and touch, especially where management training is concerned. The amount of time I have spent on time management courses - don’t get me started the guy spent the whole time talking about how it is hard to fit everything in !
Hypnotherapy is ancient, it really is. Yet it's only now that coaching, hypnotherapy and mental health are being considered important in the workplace.
3: Think of an iceberg
The human mind is basically split into two parts – our conscious mind and our subconscious mind. The conscious part is the ‘tip of the iceberg’ which guides our daily activities, from making sure we eat to getting from A to B or fulfilling our daily work tasks. It is also the little chatterbox inside our heads, which knows very well what we need to do to keep ourselves happy, healthy and on top of things but somehow, all too easily, keeps giving in to bad habits like overeating, and self-destructive thoughts centred on why we can’t do or achieve certain things.
Then there is our subconscious, a far bigger area, which is the conflagration of everything we’ve ever thought, experienced or had said to us, and ultimately drives some of the things our conscious self then does. The subconscious never forgets any of these influences and will continue leading us to do certain things because we got what it saw as a positive result at some point in the past. Basically my role is to help you rewire some of the pathways in your brain that have been useful in the past but not so much so now.
Number 4: Can anyone be hypnotised?
Don't worry. The only people who can't be hypnotised are those who don't want to be hypnotised. Everyone else can be hypnotised, but the depths and response levels do differ from person to person. So is the depth of hypnosis important to the success of the therapy?
Yes, which is why the therapy is generally tailored to your needs and according to the level of hypnosis that suits best.
Number 5: Does hypnosis put you in a trance?
Yes, like you have been many times before like in presentations, driving your car on auto-pilot, watching your favourite box set. All we are working to do is work together to utilize a natural state and bypass the critical mind.
Number 6: How does hypnosis actually work?
Like anything in our lives, if we concentrate on one thing for long enough, we are likely to become good at it. It's called that good old repetition.
Our brains are wired so that they just will not update their systems until they are presented with something better. The power of hypnosis is that it enables this to happen instantly, with very little conscious effort which is how you can improve your self esteem and confidence. It will be the little things that you notice, not the major things.
Number 7: Do limiting beliefs get in the way.
Absolutely, which is where my work is often centred around future leaders. You would hear them say I can't be a good manager because I don’t want to lose colleagues as a friend or my parents don’t think that I'm good enough, or wait for it, good leaders don’t come from here. Once we worked around these anything was possible. I even got a credit from a student at a top university in London. All he did was change his belief system. That is often what it takes to be a great manager and leader together with